Last week, Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha blamed Google’s Android Market for performance issues on smartphones and said “Android is really truly multitask so you can run 64 parallel apps at the same time. That has an impact on consumer experience and we’re beginning to understand it and understand why 70 percent plus of devices that come back are because they’re downloading third party applications and the impact that that has on the performance of the device”.
The statement tried to emphasize the lack of quality control with Google Android Market and that everyone can submit an application, good or bad, and Google will only remove it if it’s malware or conflicting with the terms. The company followed up on Jha’s earlier statement saying “he did not state that 70 percent of smartphone returns was due to third-party applications, but that examples of potential contributing factors are battery life, sluggish operation and third-party applications”.
Regarding the 70% returns “because they’re downloading third party applications” statement, a company spokesman said “we’re trying to clear up that was not the point he was trying to make”. Motorola is trying to implement a new system to its MotoBLUR application which will warn users that a certain application will drain battery or affect performance.
Truth is any application store, let it be Google’s, Apple’s, Microsoft’s or RIM’s, etc. will have applications ranging from good to bad. The only difference is the approach these companies have regarding quality control (or the lack of it).